A Fin24 user from Pretoria writes:
I BOUGHT my 1time ticket from Johannesburg to Cape Town in March already. It was paid for immediately.
Now it looks as if I won't be able to spend my first Christmas with my newly-wedded only daughter and my new son-in-law.
They were married on September 29 2012.
We had also made a booking in Paternoster from December 22 until December 27 2012.
My daughter and I were going through a lot of trauma as I was divorced from my husband in October 2012.
My daughter is a teacher and at this time of year there is too much work to be done in a short period of time.
My son-in-law is harvesting day and night on their farm.
What I am trying to say is that all of us had deserved a well-earned break after the stress of the wedding and divorce.
My unfortunate divorce has also placed me in a disadvantaged financial position. So it will not be possible for me to buy another airline ticket.
In the light of this, I can only look forward to a bleak and lonely Christmas with no loved ones around me.
I lost just about everything in this divorce and am experiencing a lot of financial difficulties at the moment. I also lost my four adorable cats in the process and at this stage all I have are my clothes, a bed and refrigerator that a kind friend lent to me.
I am not sure if I can stand any more shocks and/or disappointments this year.
We were looking forward to getting our minds on the right track again in the tranquillity of the West Coast with my two precious children. It would have been our first Christmas together, theirs as newly weds and mine as a divorcee.
With 1time's liquidation it seems that the year is going to end worse than when it started, for our family at least.
I am very sad and disappointed. In March my money was good enough for them to take and I believe we had an agreement. They sold a service that they probably knew they couldn't deliver and I paid hard-earned money for it.
I hope they at least will be able to do something for their loyal clients who have booked in advance.
To leave us stranded is just not fair. They are going to force families to spend Christmas apart at a time when they should be happy and, most importantly, together.
There should only be love, peace, joy and laughter in a time that Christ was born. This very special event must be shared together with your loved ones and definitely not APART.
I sincerely hope that 1time is going to help families to get together in this special time. We have put our trust in them and now they must help us and not just disappear.
I won't be able to spend Christmas alone without my children. So more tears of disappointment will follow - will it ever stop?
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